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Mark Mallman

Mark Mallman, resplendent in his epauletted Sergeant Pepper jacket, rang in 2006 at Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry with a pomp-laden version of the Cure’s “Fascination Street,” and I don’t doubt that the Twin Cities indie showman at least briefly considered rocking clear through till 2007. In September 2004 he played for 50-plus hours at a […]

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Snips

[snip] Bush legacy watch. From David Charter, writing in the Times of London: “The unprecedented number of troops who are returning from Iraq with missing limbs has given the US Paralympic Team an unexpected recruitment boost and the chance to become ‘unbeatable’ at the next Games in Beijing in 2008. More than 60 potential recruits […]

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Martina McBride

In the last four years or so some of the most successful female country singers have turned their backs on the formulas that made them chart fixtures: Patty Loveless experimented with a more acoustic, bluegrass-flavored sound on her last three albums, and Lee Ann Womack’s last record was filled with old-school honky-tonk ballads complete with […]

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Les Yeux Noirs

Though this Parisian band blends French Gypsy jazz, Rom music, and klezmer, last January the siblings at the heart of the group–Olivier Slabiak, who plays violin and sings, and his brother Eric, who plays violin and accordion–told the French newspaper L’Humanite that during the late 90s they considered themselves purists. Back then they were keen […]

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Stop Kiss

Diana Son’s 1998 play about two nominally straight New York women beaten up by a homophobic stranger the night they first kiss feels dated, not daring. The playwright pretends to address weighty issues like love and identity and bigotry, but the story’s really about nothing but a tragic accident. As directed by Mark Pracht, the […]

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Abandonment

Early in novelist Kate Atkinson’s first play, a divorced historian remarks that her recently purchased Victorian mansion once belonged to an author of “dreadful gothic romances.” All too soon we realize that Atkinson is about to present us with another–or two, actually. One is set in the present, the other in 1865 and features the […]

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The Treatment

Friday 27 BAKELITE 78 This local five-piece acoustic act takes its name from 78-rpm records and Bakelite, the plastic that was occasionally used to make them. They’re playing the Hideout to celebrate their self-released debut, It’s a Sin, a fantastic collection of old-timey music played in dedicatedly retro fashion. Not that front man Robert Rial […]

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Accomplice

In Rupert Holmes’s comedy thriller two couples switch lovers, identities, and murder motives so often that we don’t know till the last minute who’s screwing whom (in every sense). The cast navigates the hairpin turns with nary a bump, enhancing Holmes’s wit with just enough ham–especially Laura T. Fisher, whose vocal swells and gestures say […]

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Kiss of the Spider Woman

A gay inmate and a political prisoner share their sustaining fantasies in this richly persuasive musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally (inspired by Manuel Puig’s novel). Susan Finque’s revival keeps it real, which wasn’t always the case with the overwhelming Broadway production. Even the morphine-fueled production numbers, headlined by Katherine Lynne Condit’s […]

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Plastic Constellations

You know how when you first meet someone when they’re a teenager, you can only ever think of them as being 14? And then whenever they accomplish something grown-up you say stuff like “Oh my God, I remember when you got your learner’s permit” or “It seems like just yesterday you were still a virgin!” […]

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Accountants of Homeland Security

Developed by S.O.S. Productions (apt), this performance has no single writer or director–and that shows in the flat dialogue, derivative characters, lamely executed stunts, and amateurish comic timing, which belies the cast’s extensive improv training. A ramshackle set doesn’t benefit from the Cornservatory’s junior high band-room stage. Supposedly a sitcom about office workers foiling the […]